In this recent cold snap Liz and the kids have been snuggled up reading some fantastic books. Today Liz reviews The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb.
What a combination – Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb! Our family and fans of them both so it’s really interesting to see a book combining both.
We certainly weren’t disappointed. In fact we were totally delighted. This book is truly lovely and, I have to admit, brought a tear to my eye.
The book tells the story of a string of paper dolls who go on an adventure, escaping all sorts of beasts including a crocodile and tiger. This is until they meet the scissors...
Julia Donaldson is just amazing. She seems to have this insight into a child’s imagination and innocence, and allows adults a glimpse into this world. The narrative is seamless and she manages to guide the reader through it beautifully, with reference to events like the grandma in the child’s memory. Donaldson has the ability to write quite a long book which captures children’s concentration and neither Jonny (three) or Sophie (seventeen months) ever tire of it.
Rebecca Cobb’s illustrations are perfect for this book. Her style is ‘gentle’, with subtle yet busy pictures that are part of the story, rather than an addition to it.
The partnership of Donaldson and Cobb is absolutely sublime and I hope there will be more books by the same pair. Both the text and the illustrations support the other and lead to one of the most beautiful children’s books I have ever read.
I will definitely be buying copies for Christmas presents.
This beautiful hardback book has an RRP of £10.99 - remember to shop around online for the best price.
A copy of this book was received free of charge. This has not, in any way, influenced our opinion of the book and as always our post is completely honest.